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hi, everybody. i'm kai jackson. >> and i'm mary bubala. here's when people are talking about. >> torrential rains, winds and flooding are possible. everywhere wjz went today, we found umbrellas out, including here in hampden. and it's windshield wipers and hoods in carroll county. wjz was in westminster a short time ago. outside now, in tv hill, it's a light cloud falling. and the worst of the rainstorm is headed our way. wjz has complete coverage. bob has the updated coverage. bob? >> so far, we've had about a half to three quarters of an inch of rain. rain is pretty much up around new york, new jersey. and south and east of our region. around the norfolk area. you see it's kind of moving in
our general area. we do expect to see the rain pick up. to the south and west of us, we have a batch of rain. but there's a big batch here, where nothing is going on. the next big area is coming up. we'll have to watch that later tonight and tomorrow. that could bring us heavy rains and flooding rains are certainly possible. take a look at the advisories, all around the region. we have flood watches in effect. coastal flood warnings for the atlantic coast. and the western side of the bay, because of the constant east winds. winds could pick up maybe as high as gale force by later tomorrow. and that's going to definitely cause flooding issues. in fact, all along the coast here, we're looking for rough seas, perhaps beach erosion. storm is getting stronger. but flooding rains and all of the rain ask melt -- and melting snow in the mountains. shenandoah river. and also the susquehanna. these are the things we'll be watching all week long.
>> stay with wjz first warning weather coverage. remember, wjz is always on. for instant forecasts, and a live look at radar, log onto wjz.com. he works at the calvert cliffs nuclear power plant and grew up here in new jersey. and today, he is expected of -- suspected of having ties with al qaeda. a u.s. citizen, linked to terrorism. >> reporter: shariff mobley, from new jersey is linked to the same branch behind the christmas day bombing. yemeni authorities rounded him up in a security sweep earlier this month. over the weekend, he asked to go to the hospital, where he allegedly snatched a gun, killing one security guard and wounding another. the 26-year-old graduated from this high school in biewna, new jersey. then held jobs at three nuclear power plants. officials say there is no reason to believe that he breached security at the plant or that his work was connected to activity in yemen.
a former classmate was priced that he joined a terrorist group. >> it's not like he had signs of being kind of a violent kid or anything. >> reporter: officials say mobley may have been influenced by extremist websites, before moving to yemen. authorities are concerned about that becoming the next big place for terrorists. >> earlier this week, authorities charged a suburban philadelphia woman, with trying to recruit jihadists online. the army officer had exchanged e-mails with a cleric in yemen. shariff mobley's mobley's father insists that he is not a terrorist. u.s. investigators are eager to interview him. >> in washington, joel brown, wjz eyewitness news. >> mobley's former boss at the nuclear power plant says he's satisfied federal background checks as recently as 2008.
he baltimore county police need your help after a man is found burned to death inside his car in hampstead. police and fire responded to a call for a car on fire, just before 2:00 this morning. when they arrived in the 4600 block of black road, they found a man burning inside a parked car. the man's identity has not been released at this time. >> a minnie minivan driver drove off. police say the driver became stuck under the parked tractor- trailer. the vehicle left the road of the nan00 block and -- 1900 block and crashed through the fence. the victim's identity has not been released. well, an encouraging trend, despite that tragedy. an encouraging trend here on the roads today. weijia jiang has details on this new nationwide study on traffic deaths. >> reporter: researchers say there are many reasons for the
decrease. but the bottom line is simple. that both the automobile industry and driver are being much more careful. >> reporter: fewer people are losing their lives on the road in maryland. >> as of this morning, we have recorded 550 fatalities, for 2009. and that's down from 592 in 2008. >> reporter: the trend is happening across the country. >> we believe that it's good news for the driving public. but we're not going to sit back on our laurels. >> reporter: since 2005, when traffic deaths reached a record high of 43,510, the numbers have gone down every year. last year's number of fatalities were 33,963. the lowest point in almost six decades. ♪ [ music ] maybe even more surprising because back then in 1954, it was two years before the interstate highway system even started. and a year before seat belts were even an option in ford and chryslers. there were just 58 million
vehicles of all types on the road. today, there are four times as many. >> cops write tickets to save lives. >> seat belt laws are strictly enforced. all require that usage is up by 85%. air bags are in now in 175 vehicles on the road. and researchers say there's also been a cultural shift against drinking and driving, which accounted for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities in 2008. but progress comes new distractions. cutting edge computer systems like those in toyotas could malfunction, leaving drivers in control. and only 20 states ban texting while driving. >> the state house of delegates just passed a bill that would also make it illegal to read texts while driving. >> and safety officials also say the rate of deaths based on number of miles traveled is at a record low. let's check on the roads,
speaking of that, with sharon gibala, at wjz traffic control. it is rainy out there, sharon. and on days like this, we tend to see a few accidents. >> we also have big-time delays. friday afternoons are never good. and when you add the rain, it make its even worse. we have an accident on the inner loop, approaching york road, with a 37-minute delay, with that crash in stevenson. park heights avenue is closed. all lanes blocked, as i mentioned. reisterstown road is blocked. several city accidents. freen mount at -- greenmount at east eager. north charles. and one more in glen burnie, northbound route 2. you're looking at downed wires there. 95 northbound slow. 895 to the beltway. that's a 12-minute drive. there's a look at your drive times and your speeds for the beltway. the top one appears to be not accurate at this time. but we can tell you 21 miles an
hour on 95. and 24 miles an hour on the beltway. there's a look at that delay on 95, again, running from just approaching 895 to the beltway. there's a look at the top side. this traffic report is brought to you by lasik plus. discover more comfortable lasik experience. call 1-800-971-2020. and set up your free lasik plus appointment. >> tiger woods could be back, playing pro golf sometime soon. >> mary, the associated press reported that woods intends to return to the game next month at the masters. 12 days later, he crashed his suv into a tree near his home in florida. the accident set off of a huge -- off a huge scandal. last month, woods apologized for his behavior and admitted he was being treated for sex addiction. the masters is more restrictive of media.
and the media is not allowed inside the ropes. >> the masters tournament starts on april 5th. and you can see the final rounds here on wjz. >> the government is putting its most severe warning ever on the label of a popular blood- thinner medication. the fda says certain medications cannot metabolize -- plavix safely. a genetic test can be given to the patient to determine if it has dangerous side effects. mavic -- plavix is the best- selling drug behind the drug lipitor. elaine quijano reports for wjz on a popular baby carrier that could suffocate a child. >> reporter: lisa cochran thought the safest place for her newborn son derek was nestled against her. she never imagined the baby sling she carried him in could pose a deadly threat. >> 911, what's your emergency.
>> my baby is not breathing. >> okay. where are you? >> i'm in costco's parking lot. please. >> reporter: last may, she and the baby's father were shopping while her 7-day-old son rested quietly against her in a bag- style sling, made by infantino. derek had suffocated. >> it was highly recommended for especially breast-feeding mothers, but mothers in general. it kept them close to your heart so you could hear their heartbeat. >> reporter: according to consumer reports, in the last seven years, seven infants, including derek, have died after suffocating in baby slings. the consumer product safety commission cautions the number is higher. don mays shows us -- dawn mays shows us the potential hazards of putting newborns in a bag- style sling. >> it cuts offer the airway and they essentially suffocate. another problem could be if the baby's head is nestled up
against the carrier's body. >> reporter: between 2006 and 2008, sales for soft infant carriers rose 43% to more than $2 million. but there are currently no federal safety standards, covering sling-type care carriers. >> there are safer ways of carrying your baby than in a sling. >> a lesson that will always haunt lisa cochran. >> i, as a first-time mom had no clue. i could walk into a store and pick something off the shelfs that wasn't safe. >> the government warning is focusing on the suffocation dangers. but consumer reports says at least 37 other children have suffered serious injuries, including skull fractures, while being carried or falling out of those baby slings. >> all right. switching gears, the national aquarium is celebrating its newest edition today. jade, an atlantic bottle-nosed dolphin gave birth to her second calf. calf is about 2 to 3 feet long.
sex has not yet been determined. the dolphin shows will be suspended for a couple of days to allow the calf and its mother to bond. still ahead at 4:00. massive pileup. what caused the 170 vehicles to crash on the auto-- autobahn in new jersey? and deadly skin cancer. and meet a photographer who lived to tell the tale. wow. heavy rains coming. and a flood watch is already in effect. stick around for your updated first warning forecast. ,,,,,,,,
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injured, at least one of them seriously. several trucks were severely damaged wbroken windshield -- with broken windshields, while at least two cars had their tires ripped off almost entirely. researchers in healthwatch have unveiled the first small bandage that can help cure cancer. charlie d'agata reports for wjz, it uses light treatment. a technology that has been in use for decades. >> reporter: this special cream and a simple bandage with a light on top have the power to kill skin cancer. no ska scalpel, -- no scalpel, no needles. >> i have a skin condition where i scar pretty badly. the doctor suggested it would be better to have this treatment. >> reporter: british researchers tested the device
called ambut light, -- 50 patients. millions worldwide suffer from this form of cancer. the treatment works like this. the cream is only absorbed by cancer cells, not the healthy cells. a few hours later, the bandage with the special light is applied, converting the cream into a cancer-killing drug. >> >> we look at an 80 to 90% cancer cure with this. >> reporter: light therapy has been around for years. but it took heavy equipment and meant patient his to spend hours in the hospital. now, researchers say patients can simply go home with the device and get on with his daily routine. >> reporter: the treatment is not available in the u.s. but doctors in america say it's an interesting development but urge caution. >> if this is done at home, then there would be some safety issues involved that would have to be looked into. but certainly, if it's less painful, it would be an advantage. >> reporter: another advantage is that it could be potentially much cheaper with less time for the patient at the medical facility.
developers hope to take the ambutlite to the united states, after distributing it to hospitals across the uk. >> charlie d'agata, wjz eyewitness news. >> researchers behind this new approach believe it could become the treatment of choice in about a quarter of skin cancer cases. >> after struggling for most of the day, the markets ended up on a bit of an up note. the dow finished the week with four straight days of gain. nasdaq and s&p were bog down a fraction. -- both down a fraction. let's go to new york now with alexis christoforous. >> storm after storm didn't keep americans away from the shopping mall. half the country spent the day buried in snow. auto sales were a drag on the overall retail picture. they fell 2% last month, slipping in part because of toyota's massive recall.
investors were encouraged by the retail sales numbers. but disappointed businesses aren't placing more orders. and an increase would have been a sign the economic recovery is gaining steam. and google might not leave china after all. they are negotiating with the chinese over concerns about censureship and possible government hacking. but chinese top officials says google must obey chinese law. if you want to be the first in line for apple's ipad, the online store is ready to take your order. apple's newest touch-screen gadget doesn't go on sale until april third. but it is available for preorder starting today. online shoppers could reserve an ipad that they pick up at their local apple store. for more money headlines, you can go to cbs money watch.com. and coming up on wjz
eyewitness news at 4:00. the dance seniors look forward to all year. why a mississippi school board is canceling the prom at one high school. i'm ron matz in dundalk. recognizing the heroes of last month's fire. here at station number 6 in baltimore county. the story coming up here on wjz. well, it's going to be a wet weekend. that's the bad news. the good news is, bob will have your complete forecast. wjz 13 is always on. for the top stories on wjz.com, for instant updates and first warning weather all the time, click on wjz.com.
we had some breeze in the region now. most of the rain we had overnight, pretty much just became intermittent and rather light. take a look at radar. it's going on to -- to get stronger and heavy later on. this batch is moving up in the day. and also to the west, that heavier area of rain is going to start circulating into our region by tomorrow. tomorrow looks like the wettest day of the next couple of days. and it's going to get windy as well. we could easily see two inches
or more of rain with this system. you see this big system from d.c. to here. this is going to feed into our region. and eventually, that's going to head off to the east/northeast. and we'll get this wind and moisture off the atlantic ocean, keeping us very wet over the next 36 hours or so. take a look at temperatures now. 50 degrees. winds east/northeast. barometer holding steady. but it should be falling by late tonight. 29.84 inches right now. around the date. winds 17. 52 in hagerstown and d.c. and we're at 50 degrees. the dew point is way up there. east/northeast winds now. you can see 10 to 15 to 20 miles an hour in should spots. in somespots. big batch of rain over florida. big batch of showers and thunderstorms over arkansas area. most of the central united states, you can see dominated by low pressure just spinning around and around. this little spoke is going to head up the region. this is going to head up the
east coast. there's just no escaping the fact that we've got rain headed on to our region. if temperatures were in the upper 20s and 30s, we'd be in a major blizzard. way too warm. you did see scattered rain. this stuff is heavier. this stuff is heavier. that's already gone. and more to the south and southwest. so we even saw some sun across virginia. we see a lot of rain on sunday. but lingering showers possible. even into second afternoon -- sunday afternoon. mrntiond we -- monday, we should finally get some clearing. and there will be a gale warning through tonight. the bay temp, right around 41 degrees. tonight, then, we're looking for rain. later on, it could get heavy overnight. that's for sure. 46. and the temperatures aren't going to change at all over the next couple of days. 52 tomorrow. windy. rain can be heavy. and flooding is certainly possible as we mentioned.
flood watches in effect for the entire state. nothing -- dumping snow out in maryland with two inches of rain. >> bob, thank you. >> all right. >> katie couric has a preview of what's coming up tonight on the cbs evening news. they want what every child wants. a home and a family of their own. but thousands of children are waiting to be adopted right here in the u.s. why is it taking so long? we'll have that story and more tonight, only on the cbs evening news. shocking statistics. a new study reveals the age of the child most likely to abuse inhalants. and toyota, what the california man is now saying about the toyota gas pedal that stuck, sending him on a wild ride. will they accept a massive offer from the city of new york? york? we'll be right back after this.,
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it is 4:30. 50 degrees with some light rain. hello. thanks for staying with eyewitness news. i'm denise koch. >> and i'm vic carter. here's what people are talking about. >> 9/11 and toxic dust. it has been a controversy raging for years. and now, a multimillion dollar settlement is on the table. as randall pinkston says for wjz, they got sick breathing air at ground zero in the days and months, following the attacks. >> reporter: for months after 9/11, first responders and volunteers virtually lived at ground zero. searching for bodies, removing debris. all the while, many say, breathing in toxic dust that damaged their health. the proposed settlement, which could amount to $657 million would wipe out legal claims of those who build the city, for not providing them with respirators and other gear. civil trials were set to start this spring. and some believe that played a role. >> it could cost hundreds of thousands, in fact, millions of
dollars. and there could be appeals. >> . >> reporter: under the terms of the appeal, an administrator would determine if a plaintiff had a valid claim and then determine how much. >> reporter: the settlement would only take effect if 95% of them accept it. they have time to opt out. that's what mike mccormick plans to do. >> the settlement is deplorable. >> reporter: mccormick worked at ground zero. he said he lost his job because of respiratory and back problems. he claims there will not be enough money for survivors, after funds are paid to families of first responders who have died, and the lawyers. >> a lot of us, we haven't worked since 9/11. we're living on meager social security disability. >> reporter: the settlement also establishes an insurance fund to take care of first responders who are not sick now but may fall ill in the
future. randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> well, today, a federal go judge said he will hold a hearing in a week to let people weigh in on a settlement. a troubling new study about inhalant use among young people. >> the new data shows that more 12-year-olds have abused inhalants than any other drug. that includes marijuana, drugs and cigarettes. inhaling products can cause immediate death from cardiac arrest. and national drug use survey found that just under 7% of 12- year-olds have used inhalants. doctors say there have been a large drop. >> the survey found that by the age of 17, more young people were using marijuana than inhalants. >> a story in mississippi is being talked about across the country. a school board has decided to call off the prom. as mark straussman reports for
wjz, it had to do with one girl and who she wanted to bring to the dance. >> reporter: proms and high school go together like boyfriends and girlfriends. at least in fulton, mississippi. but now, charges of discrimination and violation of a teenager's rights have scrapped the big night. constant mcmillan was ready for her prom. this 18-year-old senior even had a date. the problem at the itawamba county high school was that mcmillan wanted to take her sophomore girlfriend. >> i just to want go to prom and be happy and bring my date, just like everyone else gets to. >> reporter: but in fulton, the idea of a lesbian prom couple hit a nerve. they said it violated their policy of no same-sex couples at the dance. lawyers on all sides got involved. so the school board canceled the dance, saying in a statement, their decision was
due to the distraction to the educational process caused by recent events. mcmillan says some other students are upset with her and her hometown is divided. rather than allow in a same-sex couple, the big night was over even before the first dance. mark straus straussman, cbs news, atlanta. >> and mcmillan is now asking a federal judge to force the school district to reinstate the dance. florida was hit by two possible tornadoes. no injuries are reported. but at least a dozen homes or apartments were damaged or destroyed. hail measuring three-quarters of an inch in diameter. the red cross has opened a shelter for people who need a place stay. and closer to home, a flood watch is in effect for all of maryland. some rain continues to saturate the ground. wjz was in towson today, we found people certainly trying to cover up. and a live look rowdz right now. -- outside right now.
a dreary day. bob is tracking the system headed this way. one thing is for sure. temperatures were 29 to 30, we'd be looking at two or three feet of snow, easily. the same pattern is still with us. but this is all rain. take a look at rain shower activity across the region now. spotty light stuff. heavier stuff across southeast virginia and the carolinas. heavier stuff down to the south and west of us, however, is going to fill in. by tomorrow, we should see some heavy rounds of rain. from this system out to the west, as it moves to the east, we're going to see steady rain, which at times can be heavy. maybe thunder is possible across the region. because all of this rain is coming. we have advisories for the entire region. the entire state under a flood watch. and along the coast, we have coastal flood warnings. and along the western side of the bay, coastal flood advisories for possible flooding. also because of high tides there as well. all in all, we've got deep low pressure, moving to virginia, off the coast.
that means rough seas, beach erosion. and flooding all through the mid-atlantic. saturday, probably into sunday as well. denise? >> toyota is responding at the reports that a stuck gas pedal caused a prius to speed out of control on a california freeway. kai joins us live on a freeway. >> the company is called mystify by the latest incident. jim sykes spent 20 minutes on the interstate, reaching 90 miles an hour. toyota says all priuses have brake override systems, which cut power to the wheels when the brake and gas pedal are pressed at the same time. sykes says he did that but nothing happened. toyota says it is skeptical of sykes' claims and the brake override system should have worked. >> federal investigators are now looking into the incident. the wife of senate majority leader harry reid was in an accident. she was driving with her
daughter when a tractor-trailer rear-ended them, forcing them into another car. she is listed in serious condition at a hospital in falls church. her daughter was treated for cuts and neck injuries but was released from the hospital. sharon gibala has more on traffic. >> reporter: we have an accident now on 95 in the northbound lanes at the beltway. that's causing a 20-minute delay back to route 100. crash in park heights between old port. all lanes blocked there. several accidents in the city, east north at st. paul. greenmount. and reisterstown at key worth. vehicle fire reported in windsor mills. 95 northbound slow now. eastern avenue to the beltway. that will cost you about five minutes. there's a look at your drive times and the speeds. look at the beltway, on the outer loop, between baltimore national pike and bel air road. you are looking at a 57-minute drive. that will be on the outer loop. 22 miles an hour there.
on the inner loop between steveson and harford. another 37 minutes. there's a look at that delay, 95 in the northbound lanes. and there's a look at the delay on 50. that's in the eastbound lanes, still approaching sandy point to the bay bridge. this traffic report is brought to you by the maryland home and garden show. the maryland spring home and garden show is coming up. and the 12th and 14th. at the timonium fairgrounds. back over to you. it happened in the middle of our second blizzard last mong. a fire at fire station 6 in dundalk. baltimore county fire personnel were on duty at the time. what happened next was heroic. and today, ron matz reports, they were honored for their action. [ siren ] >> the men and women of station 6 in dundalk respond to another call. a far cry from what happened here in the snows of the
morning of february 10th. >> it was, i guess, as close to hell as we can get in fire service. >> reporter: in the middle of a blizzard, they had to fight a fire in their own station. >> the roof was on fire. we had ceiling tiles falling all around us. oxygen bottles were exploding. >> we helped pull the hose around the side of the building. and keeping the line straight. the water continued flowing through it. >> a new $600,000 fire engine and two other vehicles were destroyed. but no one was hurt. >> had a hard time. talking with people, without my voice breaking. it was, i don't know, a different experience, to say the least. >> jim smith honored the 15 men and women who were there that fateful morning and who braved the blizzard and the flames to save the beloved park of this neighborhood. >> there is a bond between this community and this fire station, like no other. >> reporter: a bond shown by firefighter jeremy mcdonald,
who drove this partially-melted engine to safety. >> i didn't want to see anything happen to my engine. and you have to protect -- this is our house. >> they saved engine 61. >> happy and sad. yeah. >> definitely. >> happy everybody got out. and we get to come back. nothing like being home. >> reporter: in dundalk, ron matz, wjz eyewitness news. >> and station 6 is fully operational, while undergoing repairs which should be completed by this summer. damage is estimated in the millions. the cause of the fire is still under investigation. the ncaa tournament is less than a week away. wjz wants to invite to you try your hand at the xfinity bracket challenge. you can challenge them by going to wjz.com. the link is at the top of the home page. and you can find out which teams are making the tournament this year only on wjz.
watch the selection show this sunday at 6:00 p.m. it's going to be live here on wjz 13. straight ahead on wjz eyewitness news at 4:00. he said, she said. hear ben roethlisberger's version. horrific death. a special education teacher is killed while jogging. the animal police say did it. and if you have weekend plans, you're going to need an umbrella. bob is updating plans coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,
the death of an 8-year-old boy who ax -- accidentally shot him in the head with an uze. christopher bizijl. three men who arranged the gun fair and provided the weapon will stand trial in june. according to california law, the convicted sex offender should have been in jail at the time of the murders. >> according to parole records, state officials decided to keep john gardner on parole, after he illegally moved too close to the a school in 2007. he is charged with the murder of 17-year-old chelsea king, after she disappeared near his san diego home. he is also accused in the death of amber dubois. if he have been convicted as a
violent sex predator, he would have had to wear a tracking device for the rest of his life. attorneys for the man charged with kidnapping elizabeth smart. in 2002, say they will present an insanity defense. early ther month, the judge ruled that brian mitchell was faking mental illness and was competent to stand trial. smart was kidnapped from her home and was found walking the street with mitchell and his now estranged wife. police believe wolves are responsible. the body of candice berner was discovered this week, along with the tracks of multiple wolves just two miles from the place where she lived and worked. her father says he was blessed to have the gift of his daughter for her 32 years. >> there's no need for her to live a long life. she did it all in 32 years.
she did in 32 years what most people never accomplish in 90 years. >> the latest now on ben roethlisberger. police in georgia are still checking out the woman's claim that a pittsburgh steelers quarterback assaulted her a week ago. he denies any wrongdoing. but his name is now on a list of athletes, accused. sexual misconduct. >> reporter: while super bowl champion quarterback ben roethlisberger may be, in fact, accused of sexual assault there. is no doubt hoo t is called into question. >> at the very worst, he's a sex offender. at the very least, he's an idiot. >> reporter: sources say he told police he had sexual contact with the 20-year-old woman who says he attacked her at a nightclub. shehe denies assaulting her.
>> our statement is that there was no crime committed by ben. and we expect the facts will show that and clearly proof that -- prove that. >> if you're anath let's, you have to assume you're a target. >> reporter: it may be months before we know if roethlisberger committed a crime or is just another athlete with a tarnished reputation. >> manuel gallegus, wjz eyewitness news. >> roethlisberger is also being sued by a woman who claims he raped her in 2008 at a hotel casino in california. attorneys for former illinois governor rod blagojevich are asking that his june corruption trial be put off until november. they say the trial should be postponed, pending a ruling by the u.s. supreme court. they may strike down all or part of the statute that requires elected officials to perform their duties honestly. imagine coming face to face with a great white shark and living to tell the tale. they spent two days capturing the images.
they used a special niconcamera that weighs a whopping 25 pounds on land. it they plained -- explained what it took to capture the photos. >> first rule of underwater photographers is get close. the closeups of me and her, she's probably just maybe just a few inches off the camera lens. >> carpenter says the shark was docile for the most part. it wasn't until the second day that the animal started mouthing the cage and getting close to the camera, which is exactly what he wanted. >> maybe she was flirting. possible. >> or rungry. >> that's also possible. the weekend is here. it's going to be a rainy one. >> bob turk has a look at your updated first warning forecast. ,
we haven't really had that much rain. the bulk of the rain is going to come late tonight and on the day saturday. probably lingering at least until sunday. a batch here around norfolk is moving up to the north. i do expect that to expand and being -- be in our region late tonight. rest of us, really quiet. down to atlanta and charlotte. that's where the heavy band is. and that's moving to the north. and eventually, that will kind of fuse with the stuff offshore. that's why we expect to have heavy rain tomorrow. upper 40s, low 50s. humidity, 92%. east to northeast winds, 17. the barometer holding steady. it will start to fall later. as low pressure will develop off the east coast. and force all of that moisture off the atlantic ocean. that's why we expect to see heavy rains. and with two inches of rain some areas more, and melting snow in the mountain areas, all of that runoff, we're going to see major stream rises and river rises in maryland. locally, some of the smallest
streams can certainly fill up with a lot of the water as well. northeast winds now, 16, 17. 10, ocean city. do expect to see them get much stronger tomorrow afternoon. particularly maybe as high as 35 to 40 knots down there. they had some tornado activity down there. light rain in our region. most of it is moved off to the east/northeast. this second batch here and another little low pressure here. it's going to kind of wrap around, wrap around. a lot of rain around. scattered stuff to our south. you can kind of see it feeding in off the ocean there. going from east to west. new york, new jersey. that's what we saw earlier today. and that's not moved away from us. but we still have plenty of rain yet to go. i don't think it's going to cut out completely until noon on sunday. just a few leftover showers maybe by sunday afternoon. two low-pressure systems are going to combine into one off the east coast here. that's what most of the energy is going to be. from virginia, all the way up
to new england. we're up along the coast here. pretty strong storm. as mentioned early are, if it were in the 20s and 30s, this would be a major blizzard. northeast winds, 20 to 30 knots. that's not going to happen. rain developing at times tonight. later on, overnight tonight, could get heavy. 46. the temps are not going to change tomorrow. back up around 50 to 52. rain can be heavy at times. particularly in the morning. i think by afternoon, it may cut down a little bit. but certainly with two inches of rain, they've already had about 8/10ths of an inch of rain. ground is pretty saturated. certainly can be some small flooding. and if the storm drain in your house is clogged up, you might want to get back out. >> or snow. >> yes. >> thank you, bob. still to come on eyewitness news tonight.
coming up on eyewitness news at 5:00. under flood watch. we'll tell you how much rain we can expect. nationwide, the number of traffic fatalities is the lowest it's been in six decades. and the numbers are down also in maryland. but authorities warn against being too encouraged. i'm weijia jiang, in baltimore county, wjz eyewitness news. a petition drive to let
voters decide. hear from the developer who is taking this issue to court. check in for more on these stories and all the day's breaking news. >> eyewitness news at 5:00 starts now. here's what people are talking about. most of the state is under a flood watch tonight. in some areas, could see considerable amounts of rain by the time the storm is over. in carroll county, people moved quickly to avoid the wet weather. and in arundel county, one man, a deliveryman, was caught in the storm, without any protection from the rain as you'll see here. a live look at the rain now. some of the rain has picked up this afternoon